Former Central Park 5 Deputy, Mike Sheehan Passes Away
New York City detective-turned-PIX11-reporter Mike Sheehan has died at the age of 71. Sheehan was recently portrayed in Ava Duvernay’s series “When they see us” as the detective who allegedly coerced the boys into confessing to the rape of a white jogger.
According to the New York Daily News Sheehan lost his battle with cancer on Friday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
During his time as a detective, Sheehan was the lead on the 1989 ‘Central Park jogger’ case where a white female was raped and assaulted in Central Park. Five young black and Hispanic boys were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the alleged attack until their convictions were vacated in 2002.
After a 30-hour interrogation with detectives, the boys; Raymond Santana, 14, Kevin Richardson, 15, Antron McCray, 15, Yusef Salaam, 15, and Korey Wise, 16 – were coerced into giving confessions to the rape.
Duvernay’s new series sheds light on the events of 1989 and have left many angry at those involved in destroying these young lives. Sheehan still believed the boys were guilty, despite their exoneration in 2o02.